Police appeal over east London kidnappings

By Rob Virtue on July 10, 2012 4:32 PM |

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Two teenage girls have bundled into cars in separate kidnapping incidents over recent weeks. Both the attacks, one of which resulted in rape, saw the victims snatched off east London streets in broad daylight.

The first saw a 17-year-old abducted in Hackney. She was taken to a flat where she was assaulted.

The second girl, also 17, was bundled into a car while walking in the Isle of Dogs. She escaped from the vehicle at Westferry Road when it stopped at a crossing.

It is not yet known if the attacks are being linked by police.

The suspect in the first incident, which occurred on June 6, is described as black, aged between 30 and 40 and of muscular build.

He has a shaved head, a scar over his right eye and a piercing in his right ear.

He followed the victim, a local student, along Mare Street in Hackney Central at around 3pm before jumping out of a black VW Golf with a registration beginning with V at Oval Road and pushing her inside.

The assault took place inside a flat at London Fields.

Afterwards, the victim managed to escape to London Fields station where she raised the alarm.

On June 27 at about 9.25am, the second teenager was walking towards Marsh Wall, just south of Canary Wharf, when she was grabbed by a man, described as dark skinned, about six foot four, and with a skinhead.

He is about 20 to 25-years-old and was wearing a grey long-sleeved top.

He dragged the victim to a silver car with a black interior parked at nearby Manilla Street. The car drove off with her inside but she escaped by Mudchute Farm DLR and ran to safety.

No arrests have yet been made.

Limehouse Police are investigating the second incident. Call 020 7275 4546 with information. Call Shoreditch Police on 020 7275 3491 with information on the first incident.